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Old 06-17-2017, 02:14 PM
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Just a heads up to anyone in Bergen County.


Two Years After Top Prosecutor was Charged with Fraud, the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office is at it Again Using the Same Auction Company

In 2015, a then little known community activist, Bill Brennan, and Pix11ís Howard Thompson exposed a scheme in which former Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli sold off fake baseball memorabilia at a county action conducted by the Caspert Management Company. [URL="http://pix11.com/2015/04/30/assistant-county-prosecutor-faces-criminal-charge-after-pix11-investigation/"]A Hackensack judge eventually charged former Bergen County Executive Assistant Prosecutor Frank Puccio with fraud after Brennan filed a citizenís complaint.[/URL]
Now, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal is planning on selling ďseizedĒ and ďconfiscatedĒ vehicles, including a 2010 Rolls Royce Phantom, at an auction in Hackensack on June 17, 2017. [URL="http://www.caspert.com/auction-details/?auctionGuid=064e48d9-c63b-4c08-bd00-c82004a9200d&utm_source=BCPO+Car+Auction&utm_campa ign=BCPO+Cars&utm_medium=email"]According to Caspertís auction website[/URL], the following vehicles will be sold by the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office:[INDENT]This public auction will feature a 2010 Rolls Royce Ghost, 2008 Audi R8, 2010 Land Rover Range Rover, 2003 Cadillac Escalade, 2013 Mercedes Benz ML63, 2006 Yamaha Motorcycle, 2008 Honda CBR Motorcycle, and More!
[/INDENT]The auction website doesnít even mention that the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office is selling the vehicles. The [URL="https://bcpo.net"]front page of the prosecutorís website[/URL], however, contains a link to the auction page.
The time John Molinelli decided to sell fake memorabilia
On May 3, 2014, Caspert and the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office conducted an auction in Mahwah where Molinelli sold baseball memorabilia that the prosecutorís office had seized from a drug suspect. Caspert received a fee of 15% according to a Bergen County Freeholder Board Resolution.
Pix11ís Howard Thompson reported at the time:[INDENT]PIX11 reported in November that the prosecutorís office made false statements in an official document so it could get a no bid contract to hire Prosecutor John Molinelliís chosen autograph authenticator. That authenticator, Drew Max, has a dubious reputation in the field. He authenticated hundreds of signatures on the items Molinelliís office had seized.
Molinelli subsequently sold the items at two auctions, bringing in close to $50,000. After paying the auction house its percentage, the balance went to Molinelliís seized asset fund.
[/INDENT]It turned out that memorabilia was fake and Molinelli knew it was fake before he sold it off.[INDENT]However, about three weeks after PIX11 first reported on the false statements and evidence that signatures were bogus, Molinelli agreed to issue refunds to all purchasers requesting them.
Molinelli denied any wrongdoing when PIX11 spoke with him in September outside the Bergen County Criminal Justice Building. He also defended his choice of authenticators. But he bolted from our camera after we asked about a document showing he had been warned in previous litigation that the bulk of the signed items heíd seized were bogus.
[/INDENT]The 2014-2015 fiasco resulted in an investigation by the New Jersey Attorney Generalís Office, the Passaic County Prosecutorís Office, [URL="http://law.justia.com/cases/new-jersey/appellate-division-unpublished/2016/a5440-14.html"]a decision by the Appellate Division (thanks to Bill Brennan)[/URL], and an ongoing Government Records Council proceeding.
On April 25, 2017, the state Government Records Council revived a 2015 case brought by [URL="http://njcorruption.us/2017/04/16/bergen-prosecutors-in-aakash-dalal-case-received-trips-to-israel-from-jewish-group-as-kickbacks/"]Aakash Dalal[/URL] and ordered the Attorney Generalís Office to turn over several emails between Assistant Attorney General Michael Williams and John Molinelli. Williams had quashed a criminal investigation into Molinelli involving the 2014 auction. [URL="http://www.nj.gov/grc/decisions/pdf/2015-280.pdf"]The council ruled that Aakash Dalalís ďargument regarding the non-existence of investigatory reports does bring into questionĒ the Attorney Generalís Officeís refusal to disclose the records regarding the auction.[/URL]
The state panel is currently privately reviewing the documents to determine whether they should be publicly released.
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Old 06-17-2017, 03:02 PM
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There may actually have been some interesting information in your post, but I refuse to attempt to read that wall o' text.

(Hint: Proper spacing, and the use of both paragraph breaks and appropriate punctuation will induce people to read your posts, even when they consist largely of cut-and-paste, as yours does.)

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Old 06-17-2017, 08:05 PM
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A paragraph would have been welcome.
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